When you think about clothing that makes a statement, people undoubtedly choose an eye-catching dress, or even a fabulous outlandish coat, but rarely does the humble skirt get a look in. A skirt in a flamboyant print and colour can be an ideal item of clothing for the summer, as you can team it with a cool blouse, summer pumps, and you can let the pattern do the talking. And it seems that designers are using their skills with dresses and transforming the lowly skirt into a wardrobe staple, by utilising the latest digital prints, choosing colour popping hues, picking big and bold floral patterns, and giving us fashionistas a chance to make the most of this underused garment.
We have chosen some striking skirts that prove you don’t have to cover up in a dress to make a fashion and stylish statement this summer.
Michael Kors – Printed faille skirt – £1,075
If you favour a 50’s style then this Michael Kors full skirt will certainly fit the bill. With a voluminous waist and a nipped in waist, it is both flattering and modern and features an elegance of a bygone era. We love the blurred devoré rose print which is a modern twist on a classic. Team with an open shirt and flat pumps for real timeless appeal.
Lela Rose – Printed cotton-blend pencil skirt – £515
A gorgeous pencil skirt that can be worn for a corporate look or glammed up for an evening event. Printed with freehand brushstrokes, it features a smooth silk lining and a crisp cotton-blend style that makes it a comfortable item to wear all day. Wear with a colour that compliments the colours in the skirt, such as black or blue, and add a unique texture, such as leather to give it an upto date modern feel,
Erdem – Frida printed silk-crepe pencil skirt – £650
We love Erdem here at Shoppersbase, ever since the Duchess of Cambridge bought the designer to our attention. This beautiful skirt with a bold floral symmetrical print has pure statement appeal, with the flowers set against the midnight-blue silk-crepe. Features a fully lined skirt with a matching top. We suggest wearing it with a darker silk top or cashmere navy sweater and long boots.
Marni – Printed cotton skirt – £410
Marni prove that you don’t have to stick with the fashion pack of digital prints or floral, if a pattern is a classic it is always in fashion. This graphic print shows just that, in gorgeous hues of terracotta and black, perfect with black ankle boots and a soft jersey feel top. Made from comfortable structured cotton, let the statement pattern rule with a simple top.
Peter Pilotto – Eleni printed stretch-crepe pencil skirt – £400
Peter Pilitto has gained a celebrity fanbase, with the likes of Christine Bleakley often choosing to wear the designer’s clothes at public events. We particularly like this skirt, with clean lines and a cool kaleidoscope print, which is now surely their signature look. Created from stretch crepe, with a satin lining, wear this eye-catching skirt with simple accessories.
Dolce & Gabbana – Rose-print crepe circle skirt – £820
A fabulously over the top creation now from Dolce & Gabbana, but what else would you expect from this power house duo? Made in Italy from the finest fluid crepe, this painted rose-print skirt is a feminine and flattering shape on any figure. Team with more girly items such as lace blouses and pretty little ballet shoes.
Prabal Gurung – Floral-print cotton and silk-blend satin skirt – £950
Green is a beautiful colour to wear in the summer and this skirt from Prabal Gurung features an arty lily print that was prevalent throughout his pre-fall collection. This skirt is crafted from a stunning lustrous satin skirt, featuring various shades of green, black and white. Give this skirt even more statement appeal by combining it with the matching top.
Mary Katrantzou – Tullie printed twill skirt – £620
Mary Katrantzou has also garnered a huge celebrity fanbase within the last two years, and is a firm favourite with younger stars. This full on printed skirt is typical of her work, and features a picturesque rural landscape, made from the finest twill material. The skirt looks like it could be a work of art, so keep the picture as the focus, and wear block colours that compliment the skirt.
Carven – Collage-print wool-blend A-line skirt – £340
A beautiful abstract print from Carven, so featured on many spring and summer catwalks this season. This skirt is a clash of photo-prints and geode formation imagery, and is created using an A -line style, finished with slit pockets, flattering to most figures. Keep the attention on the print by teaming with a white shirt and shoes.
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